The Union Home Ministry has issued advisories to nine States cautioning them against possible retaliation by Naxals after the arrest of Delhi University professor G.N. Saibaba for his alleged links with the banned outfit.

Last weekend, the wheel-chair bound professor was arrested in the Capital by the Anti-Naxal Operations unit of the Maharashtra Police.

According to the advisory, naxal cadres have been instructed by their leaders to target security forces. The outfit has urged its sympathisers to hold protests in support of Prof. Saibaba, MHA sources said.

But the CPI (Maoist) has publicly denied that the professor was a senior member of the outfit.

On Wednesday, the professor’s family said he would go on a fast if conditions of his confinement did not improve. “When his brother visited him on Monday, he heard that they were keeping him in an unsanitary, solitary cell without any helpers and convenient toilet facilities. He was also denied medicines, prescribed and provided by the police doctor. He is a heart patient, suffers from high blood pressure and has chronic and severe pain in the lower back,” his wife, Vasantha, told reporters here.

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